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IL COVID-19 Update #145

By November 19, 2020No Comments

1. Gov. Pritzker announces a Stay-at-Home Advisory

2. Gov. Pritzker announces Tier 3 Mitigation to start 12:01 am this FRIDAY

3. IRMA Press Release


The following Tier 3 Mitigation will take place 12:01 am this FRIDAY. It includes the following:


  • All retail except for full-service grocery stores and stand-alone pharmacies will decrease capacity to 25%
  • Stand-alone pharmacies will remain at 50%
  • Full-service grocery stores will stay at a capacity of 50%

Bars and Restaurant

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • No indoor service
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • No tables exceeding 6 people
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Indoor gaming terminals must suspend operations
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs
  • Drive thrus and delivery are not impacted by the “curfew” and shall remain operating

Health Clubs

  • All health clubs will decrease capacity to 25%
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • No indoor group fitness classes
  • Locker rooms must close
  • Team sports are not allowed
  • Massages only allowed if accompanied with a note from a doctor but appointments must be spaced by a minimum of 15 minutes and facilities should take steps to sanitize and circulate clean air through service rooms before and after each service
  • Salon services allowed, but no services that require the removal of the face covering
  • Reservations are required


  • All salons/spas will decrease capacity to 25% or 25 clients
  • Services that require the removal of the face covering are not allowed
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers

Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums and zoos)

  • Gaming and casinos close
  • Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers, close
  • Live streaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff
  • Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
  • Outdoor group activities limited to 10 persons or less, participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times
  • Reservations required for each guest for outdoor activities

Meetings, social events and gatherings (including weddings, potlucks, etc.)…

  • Limit in home gatherings to household members
  • Meeting rooms, banquet centers, private party rooms, private clubs and country clubs may not host gatherings
  • No party buses
  • Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedents, not including staff


  • All employees who can work remotely should work remotely


  • Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room
  • Fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
  • Grab and go food allowed
  • Event and meeting space closed


  • Additional COVID training for all employees required even if previous training occurred
  • Operators should coordinate with IDPH to implement testing protocols and contact tracing, upon request, consistent with available testing supplies
  • All employees must wear face coverings at all times unless eating or drinking. Exemptions only for safety purposes.
  • Only manufacturing staff and key personnel allowed in facilities. Non-production employees must work remotely. Non-essential staff and visitors are not permitted. Exemptions only for critical equipment repairs, supply deliveries and safety reasons (“critical visitors”).
  • All critical visitors must have an Employee Health and Safety (EHS)-approved risk-assessment done in advance, including travel history, tracking, and temperature check prior to entrance.
  • Implement additional workstation realignment when feasible
  • Stagger and space shifts, and designate shift entrances and exits (when possible) to minimize interactions of employees across unique shift groupings
  • Station sanitation required at beginning and ending of shifts
  • Operators must suspend COVID-related incentive pay and promote staying home when sick or showing symptoms
  • Implement temporary leave policies to accommodate workers who are sick
  • Develop and implement safety protocols for employee travel vans to promote spacing, require face coverings, temperature checks, air circulation, and vehicle sanitization

You may find the Tier 3 Mitigation HERE.

The occupancy limits will be based on the four corners of the building. Employees and vendors will not be counted towards the limits.


IRMA issued the following press release:

Retailers Respond to Governor’s Statewide Tier 3 Mitigations 

“The Tier 3 mitigations announced today by Gov. J.B. Pritzker strikes the right balance between allowing access to retail services and the need to adjust safety measures in response to the latest science about how to address this virus. While additional capacity restrictions will impose significant hardship on retailers already devastated by the pandemic – especially during what is usually the busiest shopping time of the year – we are glad customers will continue to have numerous safe shopping options,” said IRMA President and CEO Rob Karr. “It is our hope the same science that provides for safe shopping can soon be applied to restaurants and bars so they can again allow inside dining, albeit at a reduced capacity. Finally, we look forward to the support of the Pritzker Administration and legislators in ensuring the beleaguered retail sector is best positioned to regain full strength. As the second largest revenue generator for the state and the largest for local governments, without a fully revived retail sector, Illinois faces a more dire future.”

You may find the full release HERE.


The Governor encouraged the public to do the following: (this is not a mandate at this point):

Work from Home if Possible

For the next three weeks, work with your employer to plan to work from home unless it is necessary for you to be in the workplace. We ask employers to make accommodation for this. Our goal is to reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.

Participate in Essential Activities Only

For the next three weeks, stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work that must be performed outside the home, COVID-19 testing, visiting the pharmacy, and buying groceries.

Limit Travel and Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts tell us that gatherings and travel in and out of communities present a high risk of spreading the infection. In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised and is potentially dangerous. Please, travel only if necessary.

These suggestions are not a mandate at this point. We expect this to change later this week.


In the last 24 hours there has been 12,601 new confirmed cases and 97 deaths.

IDPH is reporting a total of 587,849 cases, to date, including 10,875 deaths.

The state has conducted 9,255,658 tests to-date.

Additional information can be found here.OVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here. 


The per day averages citywide as of November 17th is 2,296 confirmed cases, 15,891 tests completed, and 7 deaths (based on a 7 day rolling average).

To date, there has been 135,149 confirmed cases in the City of Chicago with 3,205 confirmed deaths and a 16% positivity rate.

Additional information may be found here where you may select different data points such as zip code, ethnicity, age, gender, cases, tests, death, etc.


If the regions meet the metrics outlined below, then they COULD be subject to restrictions or mitigations outlined here.

You may find the regional metrics here.

Danger regions are marked in RED.





Positivity Increases (7 Day Avg)
>8% Positivity Rate
2-North Central
3-West Central
4-Metro East
6-East Central
7-South Suburban
8-West Suburban
9-North Suburban
10-Suburban Cook


As you are aware from IRMA’s last notice, the Administration will now use the following metrics to determine whether or not a region is moving forward or backward.

1. Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10-days) in the positivity rate and ONE of the following severity indicators:

·     Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness;

·     Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds < 20%)


2. Three consecutive days averaging ≥ 8% positivity rate


1. NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

2. NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford

3. WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott

4. METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington

5. SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson

6. EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion

7. SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will

8. WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane

9. NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry

10. SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook

11. CHICAGO: City of Chicago

You may view the regions and map of the regions here.